Tackling Climate Change Through Data and Dialogue

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One of the many perks of attending this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was the opportunity to meet IT executives tasked with driving “green” into their businesses and supply chains. As someone who is deeply involved with Dell’s environmental programs, I enjoyed learning about other companies’ ideas and strategies on how businesses can partner for a better planet.

Over the course of the week, I found myself talking quite a bit about the availability of tools and programs that help companies measure and reduce their CO2 output. Clearly, as customers and stakeholders prioritize environmental responsibility, companies will spend more time developing strategies that drive emissions reductions.

Regardless of industry, every company can benefit from UK-based Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a not-for-profit group that has been helping corporations measure, manage and reduce emissions since 2000. In 2007, CDP published CO2 emissions data for 2,400 of the world’s largest corporations, accounting for 26 percent of global emissions.

Last month, Dell became the first IT company to join the Carbon Disclosure Project’s Supply Chain Leadership Collaboration (SCLC), providing its suppliers access to standard methodologies to report carbon emissions. Dell has reported data into the CDP for the past four years.

Membership is open to any signatory investor who is willing to make use of the organization’s enhanced database and assist in its development going forward. Transparency is also a key part of the process, as CDP makes its information requests and responses from corporations publicly available. The organization’s Web site is the largest repository of corporate greenhouse gas emissions data in the world.

Without a doubt, the notion that dialogue and data-sharing will lead to progress and solutions is clear. For companies looking to grab hold of their CO2 emissions and make a difference today, CDP is an avenue worth pursuing.

About the Author: Sean Donahue